I posted this to my build thread as an update but realized it is specific enough it probably warrants placement here where the experts may lurk.
I have plumbing starting tomorrow and a discussion with my PB left me with some questions. Any best practice advice is much appreciated. I have gotten some great advice on different aspects but now have some specific questions on some of the basic plumbing. I have included my basic equipment (a little updated) and then my questions. I will post pics of the outcome.
Equipment (all Pentair):
2- 3HP intelliflo vs pumps (one pool one water features)
Clean and clear 520 filter
Two main drains tied together (per code)
1 cleaner line
(main plumbing is sch. 40 2 inch hard PVC)
2- magicstream laminars
2 – 36 inch magic falls shear descents
2- LED bubblers
1.) Is it advisable to have all returns on a single two-way valve to control output (is there a compelling reason to do anything different such as split each on off)?
2.) I would ideally like to have each of my skimmers controlled separately so I can independently balance each one and shut one off for vacuuming, would the best approach be to have a two way valve on each skimmer and have the two merge before coming into a three way valve with the maindrain to the pump?
3.) Each water feature (six total) needs a separate valve for controlling output, are the normal white ball vvalves with red caps the way to go?
4.) Should the water feature pump bypass the water heater so I am not spitting warm water into the air? Is that pretty normal to do and how is it typically accomplished?
5). My main filter says it works down to 20 micron, do I need a separate filter for the laminars?
6.) My shear decent and laminar water features will have about an 80 to 95 foot run, any advice with that kind of distance?
7.) Any special advice on layout of the equipment on the pad (it gets poured tomorrow). I have about 8 feet of width (lots of depth) to work with without splitting the pad.
Thanks for sharing any experience and expertise!!!